A brain aneurysm is relatively rare condition where there is a weakness within a blood vessel in the brain that causes it balloon or bulge and they often they occur between the brain itself and the thin tissues covering it.
Brain aneurysms often result from the thinning of artery walls, most typically in the base of the brain, and are dangerous because they carry a high risk of rupturing or leaking, which can result in bleeding into the brain. Often most brain aneurysms never rupture and don’t cause any noticeable symptoms if they’re small. However, very rarely, larger aneurysms can press on brain tissues and nerves causing:
Pain above and behind the eye
A drooping eyelid
Blurred or double vision
A dilated pupil
Numbness, weakness or paralysis of one side of the face
While these symptoms are extremely rare it’s always wise to talk with your doctor about your particular case to see if treatment is necessary in order to avoid the aneurysm rupturing in the future.
If ruptured, a brain aneurysm only bleeds for a few seconds, but even so the blood can be very damaging to the surrounding cells and can put a dangerous amount of pressure on brain tissue. If the pressure becomes too great it can result in unconsciousness or even death.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of a ruptured brain aneurysm, contact emergency services. If you have been diagnosed with an unruptured brain aneurysm and are looking for treatment, or have any questions about your condition, please contact us!